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The outcome of Supercars’ Centre of Gravity testing

SUPERCARS’ latest round of Centre of Gravity testing showed no need for parity adjustments on that front, V8 Sleuth has learnt.

CoG testing in April 2023 led to an announcement that a 2.3mm average difference had been detected between the Mustang and Camaro, triggering a 4.97kg adjustment being made to move the latter’s CoG higher.

The process was repeated 12 months on, again directly after the Albert Park round, only this time there’s been radio silence on the matter thereafter (besides an ever-insightful Brad Jones Racing video).

There hadn’t been much concern from either camp about a CoG disparity leading into the test, and it seems that general stance was on the money.

Nevertheless, parity monitoring continues, per Supercars general manager of motorsport Tim Edwards.

“We haven’t stopped,” Edwards told the Motorsport News Podcast.

“We’re monitoring as many testing parameters as we can.

“We’re still running the torque sensors in the car and airbox pressure tapping and pitot sensors and laser ride heights, and we’re moving those tools around between different cars at different rounds.

“We’re never going to sit here and go, ‘parity is perfect and there’s nothing for us to monitor’. We’ll continue to monitor it on a race-by-race, round-by-round basis to ensure there’s not something that we’re not currently aware of.

“The more tools you have got at your disposal, the more educated you are, and the better positioned you are to ensure that we have got technical parity, because that’s what we have all signed up for.

“A lot of work has happened particularly over the last six months with the two lots of aero testing and various things that have happened with engines and CoG.

“We’ll just continue to monitor it and be ready to act if we need to.”

Edwards knows all too well of the importance of technical parity, having led Tickford Racing last year when the Mustang largely struggled to match up against the Camaro.

He departed Tickford at the end of the season to effectively replace Adrian Burgess as Supercars’ motorsport boss.

Round 4 of the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship takes place on May 17-19 at Wanneroo Raceway.

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